Drone flown robotic arm revolutionizes Kauai’s rare flora preservation

Kauai robotic arm drone

Botanical researchers on the island of Kauai have teamed up with engineers in Quebec’s University of Sherbrooke to create a robotic arm flown by drone to collect rare flora in difficult or impossible-to -access spots for humans as part of their efforts to preserve endangered plants for centuries to come.

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All-star team of robots celebrating Christmas is the best thing you’ll see today

In need of some Christmas cheer? Look no further than this amazing video from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering at the Czech Technical University (CTU) in Prague that has an all-star team of robots stealing the spotlight.

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Swiss delivery robot walks, drives, stands, but doesn’t fly (yet)

A major Swiss update of a previously developed robot has yielded a car, quadruped, humanoid delivery vehicle that may rival aerial drones in getting goods to destinations – apart from the flying trick, that is.

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‘Water skeeter’ robotic film may help combat oil spills

It’s not a drone, but its University of California Riverside inventors say it is robotic: a film powered by light, capable of being configured to soak up oil spills in the ocean or contaminating liquids from freshwater supplies. It’s therefore non-dronishly cool enough to write about here.

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Former DJI chief scientist raises $70M for robotics startup

FJDynamics, a robotics company founded by DJI’s former chief scientist Wu Di, has closed a Series B round of $70 million to make robotics accessible and affordable to the most labor-intensive industries.

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Why is Elon Musk, posterchild of AI doomsday, creating AI-powered robots?

After repeatedly warning about the dangers of artificial intelligence, and sparring with fellow tech billionaires on the issue, Elon Musk wants to create AI-powered humanoid robots. Speaking at his electric vehicle company Tesla’s first AI Day event in California, Musk gave a preview of the Tesla Bot – a general purpose, bipedal, non-automotive robot. So, what gives?

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